Concrete Flooring - Material and Design Advantages

Concrete flooring strengths, finishes and facts

Concrete Flooring
Concrete flooring is becoming a popular choice for homeowners and architects around the country. Why is this the case, you may ask?

* Is needs low maintenance and is easy to care for.

* Can be altered in a whim - either by acid staining, painting or by covering it with another material (wood, carpet etc)

* Is ideal for homes within regions in the United States that have snow and excessive sand.

* Is a symbol of strength and sturdiness.

* Can be incorporated with central heating to produce a radiant floor system - thus eliminating any misconceptions that people have about it being a "cold" material.

One of the best things about installing a concrete floor is the versatility you get with it. As previously stated it can be stained and painted, however, it can also accommodate a number of finishes. These finishes can mimic brick, tile, and stone which will give the room a more character, warmth and a very innate feeling. But "scoring" and "sawcutting" are two texture designs that have proven to be the most popular.

For those who prefer a smoother more glossed finish this is now possible with concrete flooring. Technological advancements now allow a floor to be ground so finely that a high sheen is attained that does not require waxing. The polishing effect is comparable to the sanding of a piece of wood - progressively finer and finer grinders are used. Ideally the surface will need to be level and crack free before any polishing can be done.

The Process Behind Concrete Floors

Concrete is the mixture of aggregates (mineral mix), cement and water. When the three come together the cement reacts with the water to form a mass that holds the aggregates together. The mixture starts to set after the first two hours, from then on it will start to harden and any attempt to re-work it will upset this phase.

The concrete floor will set faster the hotter the weather conditions are because the heat speeds up the reaction. It will only reach a functional strength three days after it has been laid and it will continue to grow in strength for the first month. What some people do not know is that concrete floors will reach their optimum strength if moisture is present while it hardens. Losing moisture too quickly will cause a loss of strength and a reduction in durability. This is why you often see people running a hose over any newly laid floors.








Home | Legal | Contact Us | Advertise with Us | Site Map | Privacy ©Guide4Home

Interior Decorating

Floors and Stairs
Guide to Flooring
Bamboo Flooring
Travertine Flooring
Cork Flooring
Laminate Wood Flooring
Linoleum Flooring
Laminate Flooring
Concrete Flooring
Stone Flooring
Marble Flooring
Slate Flooring
Wood Flooring
Oak Flooring
Pine Flooring
Rubber Flooring
Tile Flooring
Ceramic Tile Flooring
Vinyl Tile Flooring
Vinyl Flooring
Unique Styles
Acid Stain Concrete Flooring
Antique Wood Flooring
Parquet Flooring
Prefinished Hardwood Flooring
Unfinished Hardwood Flooring
Wide Plank Flooring
Around the House
Home Flooring
Basement Flooring
Bathroom Flooring
Garage Flooring
Gym Flooring
Kitchen Flooring
Porch Flooring
Armstrong Flooring
Armstrong Laminate Flooring
Armstrong Vinyl Flooring
Bruce Flooring
Bruce Hardwood Flooring
Mohawk Flooring
Pergo Flooring
Pergo Laminate Flooring
Shaw Flooring
Shaw Laminate Flooring
Wilsonart Flooring
DIY Help
Removing Vinyl Flooring
Installing Hardwood Flooring
Installing Vinyl Flooring
Installing Laminate Flooring
Painting Concrete Floors
Buying Guide
Discount Hardwood Flooring
Discount Laminate Flooring


Back to: Decorating Home Page